Meet Steve, one of our top park attendants at the Helix !
My name is Steve and I am a Park Attendant at the Helix in
Part of my role here is to look after the biodiversity and
habitat that exists within the park. This includes working on
projects to increase and support the number of species that we
have. Earlier this year we decided to develop an area
along the main road into to a wildflower meadow to support the
population of bees and butterflies in the area. This involved us
reclaiming an area of grass to use for planting. Had we not got the
grass fully removed from the site then the wildflowers we planted
would struggle to grow when competing with the existing grass.
We chose a wildflower mix that included a mixture of
Perennial and Annual flowers such as Chrysanthemum, Common
Poppy, Borage and Sweet Alyssum and seeded the area in late
April. Although initially the flowers seemed to be developing very
slowly, as summer progressed we achieved a wonderful bloom full of
colour and variety. Once established we witnessed many pollinating
insects visiting the flowers such as Bumblebees, Red Tailed
Bumblebees and Red Admiral Butterflies.
Supporting species such as these is hugely beneficial for
surrounding plant life as pollinating insects play such a key role
in maintaining the health of an area of habitat. 90% of the worlds
flowering plants rely on the work of pollinators to reproduce.
Having seen the positive impact the wildflower meadow had, not only
in supporting the species we have in the park but also in the
feedback from park visitors admiring the meadow's beauty, we have
decided to further extend the wildflower project next year.
We have selected two grass mounds at the Lagoon end of
the park to be converted into wildflower mounds to compliment the
meadow created this year. At the Helix, we are always keen to think
of new ways to create and support habitat as well as the
species in the park. Currently, we are considering how to create
extra habitat in our wetlands and amongst the trees with the hope
of being able to assist other species. Playing an
active role in this is something I find immensely rewarding
and satisfying. I look forward to getting involved in more and more
projects of this nature as the park matures.
I hope that what you have read here will encourage you to think
more about the importance of habitat conservation and perhaps seek
projects to get involved in yourself!
If you are interesting in volunteering in the park you can find
out more information on this page
Thank you for reading.